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How Much You Need to Make to Be in the 1% in Every State

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16. Kansas
> Top 1% earn at least: $450,606 (25th highest)
> Avg. income of the top 1%: $1,173,583 (24th lowest)
> Share of all income earned by the 1%: 15.8% (23rd lowest)
> Avg. income among all tax filers: $74,382 (24th lowest)

The threshold for the top 1% of earners in Kansas is $450,606, approximately $88,000 below the national average. The top 1% of earners account for 15.8% of all income in Kansas and 33.1% of all federal income taxes. By comparison, the top 1% of earners nationwide account for 20.5% of all income and 38.3% of all federal income taxes.

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17. Kentucky
> Top 1% earn at least: $377,532 (4th lowest)
> Avg. income of the top 1%: $900,198 (5th lowest)
> Share of all income earned by the 1%: 14.1% (8th lowest)
> Avg. income among all tax filers: $64,051 (4th lowest)

Kentucky is one of the poorest states in the country, and partially as a result, it does not take as much money to rank among the state’s 1% than it does in much of the United States. Kentucky is one of only eight states where an income of less than $400,000 is enough to be in the top 1%. It is also one of only seven states where the average annual income among the 1% is less than $1 million.

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18. Louisiana
> Top 1% earn at least: $423,138 (17th lowest)
> Avg. income of the top 1%: $1,066,004 (15th lowest)
> Share of all income earned by the 1%: 16.1% (25th highest)
> Avg. income among all tax filers: $66,342 (6th lowest)

Tax filers in Louisiana need to make at least $423,138 a year to be in the top 1% of earners, about $116,000 below the national threshold. The average tax filer in the top 1% in Louisiana earns $1.1 million a year and pays $293,992 in federal income taxes. By comparison, the average tax filer in the top 1% nationwide earns $1.7 million a year and pays $454,943 in federal income taxes.

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19. Maine
> Top 1% earn at least: $389,504 (6th lowest)
> Avg. income of the top 1%: $871,388 (4th lowest)
> Share of all income earned by the 1%: 13.0% (3rd lowest)
> Avg. income among all tax filers: $66,809 (7th lowest)

Maine is one of only eight states where it takes less than $400,000 to be in the top 1% of earners. Cumulatively, the state’s one-percenters earn $5.3 billion a year, or 13.0% of all income, more than double the amount the bottom 25% in the state earn.

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20. Maryland
> Top 1% earn at least: $532,093 (11th highest)
> Avg. income of the top 1%: $1,355,956 (19th highest)
> Share of all income earned by the 1%: 15.3% (17th lowest)
> Avg. income among all tax filers: $88,763 (9th highest)

Every taxpayer in Maryland who ranks among the top 1% of earners makes over half a million dollars a year. On average, one-percenters in the state earn nearly $1.4 million annually.

Cumulatively, one-percenters in Maryland earn 15.3% of all income, and they shoulder a disproportionate share of the state’s tax burden, accounting for 29.3% of all federal income taxes paid in the state.

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